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Law Enforcement Officer I (Class I) - Columbia

University of South Carolina
Full Time
Columbia, SC 29208
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Job description
Posting Number

Classification Title
Law Enforcement Officer I - Columbia Officer (Class 1)

Internal Title
Law Enforcement Officer I (Class I) - Columbia


Work County

Division of Administration and Finance

DAF University Police Department


Advertised Minimum Salary

Advertised Salary Range

Location of Vacancy
1600 Hampton Street Annex, Columbia: 029A

Part/Full Time
Full Time

Hours per Week

Work Schedule
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position
Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

12 months

Job Search Category
Law Enforcement

About UofSC

About University of South Carolina
From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement
At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefits for FTE, Research Grant or Time-Limited Positions Are Indicated Below

The University of South Carolina (UofSC), through the State of SC and Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA), offers employees a valuable benefits package, including health and life insurance, generous paid leave and retirement programs. To learn more about UofSC benefits, access the About Benefits section on the Applicant Portal at uscjobs.sc.edu. Research Grant or Time-limited positions may be eligible for all, some, or no benefits, based on the grant or project funding.

Benefit Eligibility Type
Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

South Carolina Retirement

State Insurance Programs

Annual Leave

Sick Leave

Position Description

Advertised Job Summary
The Law Enforcement Officer I/Public Safety Officer provides law enforcement, security, and protection for the University of SC community and property. These are certified police officers in accordance with SC Code of Laws, empowered with full arrest and police authority statewide. They enforce state laws, National Advocacy Center rules and regulations, and University rules and regulations. Executes duties of a patrol officer, provides VIP detail security, and assists with critical incidents.

In emergency critical incidents, all sworn police officers are subject to recall with or without notice 24/7/365.

There is a $7,500 signing bonus for an applicant currently working either as a certified Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy or has been inactive with a law enforcement agency for less than 12 months and is able to have Class 1 Certification immediately reinstated upon hire.

Once hired, the officer will receive $1,750 after successfully completing field training, $750 after successful completion of 1st year anniversary, $2,500 after successful completion of 2nd year anniversary, and $2,500 after successful completion of 3rd year anniversary. This bonus program may be discontinued without notice, at any time. Current University of South Carolina (UofSC) Division of Law Enforcement and Safety ( DLES ) officers, or officers who have been separated from the UofSC DLES for less than 12 months are not eligible for the signing bonus.

Patrol officers are typically assigned to rotating 12-hour shifts. Currently, patrol officers assigned to 12-hour shifts receive an annual $4,000 temporary shift supplement which is not part of the base salary.

FY 2021-2022 DLES Salary Plan:
$42,510 (pre-academy)

$44,635 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $48,635 (Newly certified, and certified officers with less than 2 years police experience after initial field training)

$46,867 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $50,867 (Certified officers with 2 years of police experience)

$49,210 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $53,210 (Certified officers with 3 years of police experience)

$51,671 plus $4,000 shift supplement = $55,671 (Certified officer with 4 years of police experience)

  • Certified officers with 5 years of law experience or more, will need to apply to the Law Enforcement Officer II position.
Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions)
High school diploma. Must be 21 years of age and be physically qualified. Must pass a background investigation and complete the SC Criminal Justice Academy with certification as Class 1-LE or an equivalent out of state law enforcement certification.

Preferred Qualifications
Law enforcement certification must be currently active or have been inactive for only less than 12 months.

Knowledge of proper law enforcement officer behavior and role. Knowledge of modern law enforcement techniques and procedures. Knowledge of how to collect and preserve evidence. Knowledge of the Constitutionally mandated rights of both suspects and law enforcement personnel. Knowledge of South Carolina law, relevant case law, and policies of the University. Ability to exercise sound judgement within an established set of core departmental values. Knowledge of the functions and interrelationships of other law enforcement agencies. Skill in the operation of law enforcement vehicles, weapons, and communications equipment.

Position Attributes

Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.

Safety Sensitive or Security Sensitive

Hazardous weather category

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

If Research Grant/Time Limited, give end date

Job Open Date

Job Close Date

Open Until Filled

Special Instructions to Applicant
Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email. We are only accepting applications by June 20, 2022.

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EEO Statement
The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Do you have a high school diploma?



Are you at least 21 years of age and physically qualified?



Do you understand that you must pass an extensive background investigation including a criminal records check?



Have you obtained a Class I Law Enforcement Certification from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) or an equivalent out of state Law Enforcement Certification?



Is your certification active or has been inactive for less than 12 months?



Applicant Documents

Required Documents

Optional Documents

Cover Letter


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